Winter Storm Hazards
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Winter Storms can bring many hazards
Many destructive impacts can come out of a single winter storm. Are you prepared for the coming winter? The array of hazards that can come from a winter storm are sometimes countless.
- Ice: Accumulations of a half inch or more, because of it's weight can cause widespread destruction and power outages and can have a crippling impact.
- Wet Snow: Much like ice accumulation, wet snow adds extra weight and stress, increasing the chance of damage. Moist snow sticks easily to trees and power lines.
- Snow on Roofs: Several feet from one or multiple storms accumulating on a roof can add stress, causing them to collapse.
- Flooding After the Snow: A rapid warm-up or rain following a winter storm with an expansive snow pack can set the stage for major flooding.
Melting snow and ice after a storm can also cause damage to the inside of your home or business. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of St. Louis Central to assess the situation and put you to Pre-Winter condition, "Like it never even happened."
Call us (314) 260-7177
Clean your Gutters before Winter
With winter on it's way it's important to clean your gutter so they don't get clogged and cause water damage to your home.
Don't Fall for Procrastination
The seasons may have skipped right over Fall this year, but do not "fall" into procrastinating on cleaning those gutters. Although it may not seem like it should be here, winter is here and those leaves in your gutters are not going to clean themselves. But if you do choose to "leave" it for later, you may have water problems to deal with now.
If your gutter becomes clogged it can lead to the water finding an alternate way to drain from your roof. Water taking a different course can cause many issues, such as:
- Leaky Basement - water that cannot drain properly from your roof can collect around your basement or crawlspace and will eventually find its way in.
- Cracked Foundation - this occurs when water is absorbed into the foundation and over time with the change in temperatures will expand and contract, causing cracks.
- Wood Rot - water that is constantly coming into contact with the wood on your home will eventually rot the wood.
If you are already experiencing the effects of Fall Procrastination, and need help cleaning and restoring your home or business, call your Local Professionals to make it... "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of St. Louis Central (314) 260-7177
Frozen Pipes are a Problem
Call the experts if you find out you have frozen pipes..
The cold weather and water can = problems for you..
We all need water and most of us here in the Midwest will soon be experiencing freezing or sub-zero temperatures. Add these two together and you could have a problem. You see, water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. Expanding water can cause pipes to break. No matter the material they are made from, including metal or plastic.
Recommendations to help prevent frozen pipes:
- Keep exterior doors closed to any area where the water pipes are located.
- Keep bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors open to allow warmer air to circulate.
- Let cold water drip from faucets, moving water is much harder to freeze.
- If you will be gone for an extended period, set the temperature to no lower than 55° F.
If you should experience frozen pipes this winter, please turn off the main water supply and call the Experts in water cleanup and restoration here at SERVPRO of St. Louis Central.
SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
First Responder Bowl to be played December 30th.
In a joint effort to honor the service and sacrifice of America’s First Responders, the annual college football bowl game played at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas has been renamed the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. Kickoff for the newly christened SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is set for Monday, Dec. 30. For the first time, the game will be played at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
“We are looking forward to the new venue and date as part of the celebration of the 10th year of this bowl game’s history,” said Brant Ringler, executive director of the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. “In addition to those changes, we hope to grow the number of first responders who attend the game and find new ways to say thank you to them for their service in our communities.”
For additional information about the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, please visit FirstResponderBowl.com.
We are proud to be apart of something amazing, we hope you all watch on December 30th!
Levels of Commercial Damage
No matter the level we will help you!
There are three levels of commercial damage that are considered:
Level 1 is a small commercial loss typically involving 15,000 square feet or less of affected floor space. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a small commercial loss may include, but are not limited to, a stand-alone retail establishment, a small church, a daycare facility, a small shopping center, a small warehouse or manufacturing facility, or a stand-alone administrative building. A Level 1 loss can also be a small portion of a much larger structure.
Level 2 is a midsize commercial loss typically involving 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved are usually multi-level or greatly divided spaces. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 2 loss may include, but are not limited to, a small multi-family property, a midsize church or school, a small shopping center, a multi-tenant administration facility, or a midsize warehouse or manufacturing facility. A Level 2 loss can also be just a portion of a much larger structure.
Level 3 is a large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved will likely be large multi-level structures. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 3 loss can include, but are not limited to, a large church, hospital, school, or university; a large multi-family property; a mid- to high-rise retail or administration facility; a large industrial, manufacturing, or warehouse facility; or a large strip-style shopping center or shopping mall. This is the level at which it would be appropriate to refer to the project as a “large loss.”
Water Damage in St. Louis Central
We are here 24/7 365 days a year!
Flooding and water damage can strike your St. Louis Central commercial property at any time. Water damage can sideline your business, regardless if the damage occurs from a major storm event or a broken water line.
At SERVPRO of St. Louis Central we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. In many instances, normal operation can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore while working within your budget line.
Our staff of Highly Trained Restoration Specialists are trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC industry certification, rest assured that our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Remember, when you have an emergency water event in St. Louis our Professionals offer fast, 24 hour emergency services, 365 days per year.
Are you Prepared for Winter?
Make sure you are prepared for the winter weather!
Winter storm preparation can help to eliminate costly repairs caused when your home or office is not protected from severe cold, snow, and ice.
Protect your roof and inspect gutters, flashing, and even your chimney. Snow on the rooftop sounds nice in a song but it’s not nice when the snow melts and causes an ice dam. Winter storm preparation can help prevent costly water damage. Pipes may burst because they’re in unheated, unprotected spaces without being insulated. Water damage can happen when your attic isn’t well ventilated or insulated. Doing so helps expel the warm air from inside the house and refresh it with cooler outside air which helps prevent condensation from occurring that can lead to mold and mildew, structural damage and ice dams.
If your St. Louis Central home or business is damaged from a winter storm , take immediate action to prevent additional damage to your property and call us!
Prevent Water Damage in the Winter Months
Quick steps to get your home ready for winter.
We wanted to provide a list of some things to do to winterize your home and hopefully prevent a costly water intrusion. We are not re-inventing the wheel here. You have probably heard or read of these tips before. They are just good reminders we need to address each year. While simple in concept, do not make the mistake of procrastination. These simple tips only help if you take action.
- Drain the garden hose and detach from the faucet. If you need to use the hose later on remember it must be detached and drained after use. It is also a good idea to cover the outside faucet. A frozen outside faucet puts pressure on the interior system.
- Insulate exposed or vulnerable plumbing pipes. If they are not insulated, insulate them. If they are located on an exterior wall, especially a north facing exterior wall provide some additional protection. Make sure crawls space opening are covered and are not drafty.
- Clean your gutters and downspouts. Debris in your gutters can cause a back up of water which can cause water damage in any season. In the winter this water can freeze causing an ice dam causing water to back up under shingles and eventually into your home. Remember your guttering system has a top and a bottom. Clean out the top and always make sure the downspouts are clear from debris so the water can easily drain away from the property. Water not allowed to freely drain away will back up and possibly back into your home.
- Leave the heat ON. Even if you are leaving for an extended time. Even if we are talking about a part-time residence like a vacation home. Leave the thermostat to 55 degrees. A low energy bill is cheaper than a water mitigation and drying bill in most cases.
- Know your shut off location. All the prevention in the world cannot guarantee an accident or will not happen or an unprecedented weather event will not affect your home. If the worst-case scenario happens, be ready! Know where your water shut of is located. If tools are required to access it or turn it off, have those handy as well.
Mother Nature throws us a lot of curve balls. Our homes are in constant threat from the elements. If your home is affected this winter let SERVPRO of St. Louis Central fix your situation!
Christmas Trees can start a huge fire that can completely damage your home.
The Christmas season is in full swing. During this time each year, the traditional Christmas tree fills the family room surrounded by presents. BE CAREFUL - Christmas tree fires are infrequent, but they can happen. Listed below are a few good measures that will help ensure your home’s safety:
• Make sure you pick a healthy tree; trees with brown needles indicate dryness.
• Make sure your tree is placed in a sturdy stand to prevent it from falling over.
• Make sure your stand has an adequate basin for water.
• Make sure to check and water your tree daily.
• Check your lights to make sure they are fire resistant and supported by a national testing organization.
• Keep your trees a safe distance from any heat source.
• Make sure that the lights and any extension cords used are in good working condition; look for and replace damaged wires.
• Check all the bulbs to make sure they are working properly.
• Make sure you have adequate smoke alarms in the area and they are working properly.
The SERVPRO of St.Louis Central team wants to ensure that everyone has a safe and joyous season. In the unlikely event that a fire were to occur, know that the SERVPRO team has your back!
Donating things to Little Bit Foundation.
Recently one of our brand ambassadors, went to our local The Little Bit Foundation to tour their 33,000 sq/ft warehouse. They have been in business since 2001 and have now grown to serving over 42 schools in underserved communities (helping over 13,500 students this year and have helped a total of 40,000 students throughout the years). Their goal is to help basic needs, improve self-esteem, and enrich the learning environment. They want the students to graduate and go on to be productive, successful members of a stronger St. Louis region. Their first school district was Riverview Gardens. Go check out their page and show them some love!
We decided to partner with them by donating coats, socks, underwear, and gloves! If you want to support them too, make sure to do it on December 3rd for #givingtuesday2019